This article is from the Macintosh hardware FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
If price is your primary concern buy either a StyleWriter or a
DeskWriter. Both provide excellent black and white and grey
scale output at a reasonable price (under $200). The StyleWriter
occupies less desk space and costs a few dollars less while the
DeskWriter has higher resolution. Neither is a speed demon.
If you want a faster printer with better quality but don't want to
pay a lot, or if you want a minimum cost PostScript printer, the TI
MicroWriter and the DEC 1150 are both good buys. Each includes 2
megabytes of RAM, PostScript Level II, 300 dpi 4 page per minute
output and costs around $550 street. The MicroWriter also offers
auto-switching between PostScript Level II and HP PCL 4. Either one
should be plenty for personal use.
If you do heavy graphics or desktop publishing work, you need a 600
dpi printer. Apple's LaserWriter Select 360 at $1400 street is an
excellent printer with 600 dpi resolution, 7 megabytes of memory,
upgradeable to 16 megabytes, auto-switching between PostScript Level
II and PCL 4, and a built-in TrueType rasterizer. Plus it doesn't
have the paper curl problem associated with the other competitor in
this price range, the HP LaserJet 4M. Unfortunately the Select 360
doesn't have Ethernet or a SCSI port for external font storage so
it's not ideal for workgroup use (unless your workgroup's on
LocalTalk). If you want Ethernet and a SCSI port then consider
Apple's LaserWriter Pro 630 ($1800 street) instead.